RCDS STEAM Director Cathie Bischoff and Makerspace Director Gail Sestito presented two workshops at 126th Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) conference in Rochester, NY. Representing Rye Country Day, they shared best practices for engaging students through interdisciplinary creative projects and provided a few curricular examples from the RCDS Makerspace, such as the Rube Goldberg-Style Electron Transport Chains, DNA simulations, and biomechanical hands, among others. They also gave their fellow teachers a keepsake, rulers created in the RCDS Makerspace.
The first presentation was titled Maker Science: Design and Implementation of Authentic Makerspace Science Projects, and it covered integrating maker projects into science classes to provide the opportunity to alternatively assess student learning, infuse creativity, and focus on student choice.
The second presentation was titled Maker Science II: Authentic Makerspace Science Projects in the Biology Classroom, and it covered incorporating purposeful maker projects into a science curriculum, which allows for students to spatially construct and creatively demonstrate their knowledge. During the hands-on workshop, Ms. Bischoff and Ms. Sestito shared a variety of biology projects and guided participants in a low-tech, high-engagement physiology and engineering mini-project.